One of the tragedies of American education is that so many teachers do not understand or are unaware of educational issues and how they impact on their profession. There is a gap between teacher perceptions and reality and this book is a first step in closing that gap. Hot-Button Issues for Teachers is a timely, comprehensive book that addresses more than 100 educational issues that are facing our schools, children, and especially teachers. These issues include: _
As a teacher with over 25 years of experience, I recommend this book without reservation. It is pragmatic, realistic, and succinctly covers the issues that all of us face everyday. This book is a reading must for my colleagues in the teaching profession.--Pam Weldon, teacher and reading specialist, Morse Elementary School, Tarrytown, New York
Part 1 PART I: The Teaching Profession Today Chapter 2 The Status of the Teaching Profession: Where Are We Going? Chapter 3 Decision-Makers Influencing Educational Policy: Who Are They? Chapter 4 Competition in the Educational Scene Today: Is This A New Era? Part 5 PART II: The Teacher and the Marketplace Chapter 6 The Professional Preparation of Teachers: What Is the Remedy? Chapter 7 Job Hunting and Mobility: What Should You Know? Chapter 8 Merit Pay: Has Its Day Arrived? Chapter 9 Teacher Unions and Collective Bargaining: What Are Your Views? Chapter 10 Teaching Performance and Accountability: Problems or Opportunities? Chapter 11 Mobility in the Profession: Politics or Merit? Part 12 PART III: Effective Learning and Teaching Chapter 13 Effective Classroom Management: Can It Be Achieved? Chapter 14 Curriculum and Textbook Selection: What Needs to Be Changed? Chapter 15 National Standards: What Are the Dangers? Chapter 16 Tests and Other Evaluation Tools: Are They Fair? Chapter 17 The Grading System: How Do You Handle It? Chapter 18 Teaching Controversial Issues: Should They Be Included in the Curriculum? Chapter 19 Heterogeneous and Homogeneous Groupings: Which Do You Prefer? Chapter 20 Homework: Too Little or Too Much? Chapter 21 Parent-Teacher-Principal Relationships: Can They Be Effective? Part 22 PART IV: Evolving Issues Chapter 23 The Extended School Year: Are We Ready for It? Chapter 24 Separate Schools for the Sexes and School Uniforms: Are Old Ideas Returning? Chapter 25 Teacher Burnout: Myth or Reality? Chapter 26 School Safety and Violence: Is There a Solution? Chapter 27 The Middle School: Is it Effective? Chapter 28 Political and Social Activism in the School: What Are the Pros and Cons? Chapter 29 Liberal Arts and Teacher Preparation: Friends or Mortal Enemies? Chapter 30 Science and Mathematics: Where Are They? Chapter 31 Tips for Teachers: How Can You Be an Effective Classroom Teacher?